This 8th edition of the NDLP conference series aims to respond to a surge of new research in pragmatics, with a view to bringing together the novel, empirically, experimentally and clinically based models, and classical topics/frameworks such as Gricean pragmatics, Speech Act Theory and presupposition. We encourage papers (re-)examining the semantics-pragmatics boundary, which has been sometimes blurred by the confrontation of the new and the traditional frameworks. Proposals are welcome at the intersection of the philosophy of language and pragmatics dealing with theoretical, methodological and definitional issues, as well as issues of interdisciplinarity in pragmatic investigation.
While we specially encourage presentations of theoretical approaches which have a basis in empirical studies, or allow for experimentally testable predictions, the conference continues to be open to all kinds of pragmatics oriented research recognizing pragmatics as a functional (i.e. cognitive, social and cultural) perspective on language and communication. This applies to functional studies involving multiple and heterogeneous territories: everyday discourse, (online) media, education, political and professional settings, problems of linguistic construction and maintenance of identity, communicative genres, issues of multilingualism and linguistic pluralism, pragmatic aspects of translation, pragmatic awareness in foreign language teaching, and more.
We invite submissions for paper presentations. All submissions should be made in English. Papers will be allocated 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for questions. Abstracts of max. 350 words should be sent by email as a Word attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org (Piotr Cap, Conference Chair) by 1 December 2016. Please include name, affiliation, email address and paper title in the body of the email. Abstracts will be accepted subject to review by an international Scientific Committee. Notification of acceptance decisions will be communicated via email by 15 December 2016.
The following distinguished scholars have accepted to address the conference as keynote speakers:
Anne BEZUIDENHOUT (University of South Carolina at Columbia, USA)
Miriam LOCHER (University of Basel, Switzerland)
Gunter SENFT (Max-Planck-Institute of Psycholinguistics at Nijmegen, the Netherlands)
Marina TERKOURAFI (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
Department of Pragmatics